Irish staff will learn their fate in next few weeks
Staff at the Irish 'News of the World' are facing an uncertain future.
All 22 employees of the UK paper's Irish edition have been asked to be available over the next two weeks to be individually informed of the intentions of management. Staff will receive full pay for the next three months.
Despite speculation that the paper would be rebranded, employees have not been informed about plans to launch a new title, such as the rumoured 'Sun on Sunday'. On Friday, letters were sent out informing employees that they were under threat of redundancy.
"They'll do their best, most of the employees will be offered other positions," a member of staff said. The Irish title, which is edited by Geoffrey Frazer, from Banbridge in Co Down, had a circulation of around 120,000 in recent months. It employs 22 full-time and 10 part-time staff as well as columnists including money expert Karl Deeter, hurling legend D J Carey and former Irish soccer player Kevin Moran.
It is the third Sunday paper to disappear from the Irish market this year following the closure of the 'Sunday Tribune' and the 'Star on Sunday'.
The Irish edition of the paper printed 220,000 copies yesterday -- 60,000 more than usual -- and newsagents reported good sales. All the profits from yesterday's paper will be donated to charity. The only advertisements to run in the newspaper were for charities, such as Camara, which were placed free of charge.